Personalities | Otto Klemperer | Contemporary | Classical
On Mahler’s recommendation, Klemperer was appointed chorus-master at the German opera house in Prague in 1907. Subsequent conducting posts included Hamburg, Strasbourg and Cologne. He was music director of the Kroll Opera, Berlin 1927–31. He emigrated to the US where he became conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra 1933–39. He was at the Budapest Opera 1947–50, but it was only when he became principal conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1955 that his qualities as an interpreter of the classical repertory came to be recognized.
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